Plated + Served: On The First Day of Christmas…


I’ve really had the holiday spirit this year, so, like the song, I’m going to celebrate the 12-days of Christmas with 12 delicious recipes that play off of the lyrics.

Today is the First Day of Christmas and as the song says, “My true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree.”

Sorry to disappoint you, this is not a recipe for roasted partridge. I do have the pear tree covered, however, with this crunchy, nut-free Granola with dried pears and cranberries. You don’t have to use dried pears, any dried fruit will do, and you can add nuts, if you want.

But I’d recommend leaving out the partridge…



Crunchy Granola Parfaits


I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: